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Welcome to a Monday. We’re those old fuckers that play those old heavy metal songs. METAL SHOP rolls out kick ass 80’s metal and hard rock 24/7.
 
All your favorites are always in the mix, including IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, METALLICA, DIO, MÖTLEY CRÜE, MEGADETH, QUEENSRŸCHE, SCORPIONS, RATT, SLAYER, and more.
 
Listen also for the new ANTHRAX… ‘Evil Twin’ is coming up soon. The new album ‘For All Kings’ is excellent and cracked the U.S. Top 10 in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart.
 
In a recent interview with vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza of San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans EXODUS, he said “we’re not considered one of the [so-called] “Big Four” [of 1980s thrash metal, which consists of METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX], and I hate that phrase. METALLICA is by far the biggest band in the world, so to put the other three in that category? No disrespect to MEGADETH, ANTHRAX or SLAYER; I love all of those bands, but I lived in the Bay Area when metal was being born, and everybody wanted to be like EXODUS. That goes from POSSESSED, LEGACY, DEATH ANGEL. It was not necessarily METALLICA, it was EXODUS. So, to me, that was the band that innovated and started it out.”
 
Checkout this video an IRON MAIDEN fan uploaded of the official and bootleg merchandise stands at the band’s March 3rd concert at Palacio De Los Deportes in Mexico City. METAL SHOP’s Ralph Cartel noted that in Las Vegas, the official merchandise booth was out of control. In Mexico though, not a soul is buying a t-shirt inside the venue but if you go outside it’s a whole different story.
 
Former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider is currently on tour where he is performing ACCEPT songs one last time before he closes the chapter for good, saying “I wanna close, like a book, and say, ‘Okay, that’s it. I read it.’ Sometimes you have to come to an end with something. I wanna close up everything with ACCEPT. Click Here to read more and see video footage from Friday’s show in Jyväskylä, Finland.
 
Happy Birthday to Linda Jarota listening to METAL SHOP in Pennsylvania, Chris Hiles listening in Washington State, Tony Nicholl listening in the U.K., and Jorge Zorrilla Diaz listening in Peru.
 
Have a good one all and stay dry out there.
 
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Metal_Allegiance_1-21-15Late January can be like one long slow news day, so a live 80’s Metal All-Star Jam was a welcome experience in early 2015.
 
On January 21st, Metal Allegiance blasted the Downtown Disney House of Blues in Anaheim, California with members from classic metal bands Exodus, Anthrax, Megadeth, Testament, Death Angel and Sepultura.
 
The show started with Scott Ian (Anthrax) and his spoken words stories. Scott talked about how sometimes he is mistaken for other rock stars by people he meets, noting one instance in a Los Angeles taxi, where the driver turned around and yelled at him, “your System of a Down!” LOL. The driver thought he was Shavo Odadjian because he also has a bald head and beard. The stories continued for about 30 minutes and then it was time for some kick ass tunes.
 
Hitting the stage first were Scott Ian, Frank Bello and Charlie Benante from Anthrax along with Troy Sanders from Mastodon, thrashing the S.O.D. (Stormtroopers of Death) gem ‘March of the S.O.D.-Sargent D & the S.O.D.’ and ‘Freddy Krueger.’
 
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Next up was Rex Brown (Pantera), Chris Broderick (Ex-Megadeth), Alex Skolnick (Testament), amd Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), rocking hard two Judas Priest songs, ‘Rapid Fire’ and ‘Victim of Changes.’
 
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All night, this all-star jam kicked ass on songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Sepultura, Van Halen and Ronnie James Dio. Former DIO guitarist Jimmy Bain was a special guest.
 
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It was an amazing show and we wish to thank Kevin Chiaramonte for making this happen for METAL SHOP… You Rock Kevin! Here are some photos and videos. -Ralph
 
Metal Allegiance Performers:
 

  • Mike Portnoy (Ex Dream Theater)
  • Troy Sanders (Mastodon)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testemant)
  • John Tempesta (The Cult)
  • David Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer)
  • Scott Ian (Anthrax)
  • Andreas Kisser (Sepultura)
  • Mark Osegueda (Death Angel)
  • Rex Brown (Pantera)
  • Chris Broderick (Ex Megadeth)
  • Frank Bello (Anthrax)
  • Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
  • Chuck Billy (Testament)

Here are some more photos. You can also view videos on the METAL SHOP YouTube page at this location – Click Here. -Ralph
 
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